Monday, May 29, 2017

Yellow Alien with Raybans

Hey everyone, here's a different painting from what I usually create. 
I was listening to UFO and Alien documentaries and became inspired to create an alien. A supposedly real alien selfie picture was removed from 4chan's site, following a 15 minute shut-down of that site.
People described it as having yellow scales, purple bags under the big black eyes, and an hourglass shaped head.
I thought it would make sense if aliens had advanced glasses like Google-glasses, but with HUD interfaces and all the tech. Creating the big black eyes look.
I had to rework it a bit to get it to look mostly finished, but I could keep working on it til the aliens bring the cows back home..


Monday, February 6, 2017

Grandpa Scientist and El Papá

Hey everyone, here is a post of some independent sci-fi work I was able to paint for the author Gustavo Castro. He was going for black and white style paintings that had the feel of RollingStone magazine.
He has some good short stories he is working on. I don't want to steal his thunder so please check out his work here and here :) And like his FaceBook page!


Friday, February 3, 2017

Robyn Hood: I Love NY 11A

Hey everyone, here is another cover I painted for Zenescope Entertainment! Its for Robyn Hood: I Love NY 11A.
I wanted to push the dynamic view towards the viewer, but I don't think I exaggerated the depth enough. Its kind of a new thing for me to be trying, since I've always tried to push realistic proportions. 
Another obstacle was to paint the character Robyn in camouflage among bushes in Central Park, while still 'popping' her off the cover. My original idea was to have her half hidden in the shadows which unfortunately doesn't make her too visible. But my editor and I worked together instead to easily see her, having the background faded with less contrast. I think it works well.
I almost used colors indicative of autumn like oranges to help her greens pop, but decided it wouldn't match the other covers.
Overall I think it turned out great and I like it!
In stores April 5th, 2017


Monday, October 24, 2016

Doctor Who, the 12th Doctor, issue 3.1

Hey everyone, here is a Peter Capaldi cover I created for Titan comics. It is of course for Doctor Who, the 12th Doctor Adventures, year three.
I could've painted him in his white shirt and burgundy velvet jacket, but I personally feel that the velvet jacket is a homage to the flair of the third Doctor, Jon Pertwee. So I chose the black hooded sweatshirt and wool navy jacket we see here. Its definitely Peter defining the new look of the 12th Doctor. Its a bit eclectic, a bit thrown together, as though he were being thrifty. Its a style I wouldn't have thought any Doctor would portray, but it works and I like it!
On sale 15th March, 2017

Josh Burns

Monday, October 10, 2016

Grimm Fairy Tales, issue 1E

Hey everyone, here's another cover I was able to paint for Zenescope Entertainment. They are relaunching their Grimm Fairy Tales comic and asked that I paint Samantha Darren, a witch champion. Here she is in her everyday clothes, a redesign from how she used to look. Although her superhero costume might have been changed up as well. We will see!
In her pose here she is using her magic to get into action. I don't know how magic works, who does right? But I paint magic in a way that draws energy out of everything around it to manifest, disrupting nature and so forth. As Samantha focuses her magics into her hands and fingertips, it is defying gravity a bit lifting her soft blonde hair as well.

Look out for Zenescope Entertainment's relaunch of Grimm Fairy Tales, issue 1E! 
Estimated to be in shops:
Dec 14th, 2016

Josh Burns

Monday, September 26, 2016

Triggerman, issue 3

Hey everyone, here is another cover I painted for Titan comics. This one is for a Hard Case Crime comic called Triggerman, a gritty 1930's gangster story. 
So I have never done a detective crime painting, and I wanted that old detective noir feel for this. Like the stuff on 80's and 90's TV when the investigator had to go on foot into a lot of places to solve his/her case. I like my layout and colors that create the overall mood in this scene. And I thought the cast shadows and gritty feel were needed to push the drama as well. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

The story here is the man with the gun, Roy, goes to the Siesta Motor Court to find his girlfriend, Lena, only to find Lena's room mate, another beautiful girl, in the bathtub; and they exchange words. She isn't too happy to be caught in this vulnerable state.

Josh Burns